Need For Speed System Requirements Revealed

Written by Felix Nova on Thu, Feb 18, 2016 10:10 PM
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Its about time we all got to enjoy a good racing game. With less than a month until PC release, Need for Speed 2016 has a lot to live up to. A reboot is definitely what the series needed in order to drive past the negatives that were catching up with it.

We have finally gotten our hands on the Need For Speed system requirements, as EA have passed them through to us. So lets take a look to see what sort of PC today's NFS 2016 gamer will need to run this latest racer.

Need For Speed Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 or equivalent with 4 hardware threads
  • RAM: 6 GB System Memory
  • VRAM: 2GB Graphics Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB or Radeon HD 7850 2GB
  • HD: 30 GB available space
  • DX: DirectX 11
  • Input device: Keyboard and mouse or Xbox One controller
  • NET: Online Only (EA's Origin client only)

NOTE: Minimum system specs are for 1280x720 screen resolution at Low graphics setting and running at 30 frames per second. 720p30

Need For Speed Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or later
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4690 or equivalent with 4 hardware threads
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • VRAM: 4GB Graphics Memory
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB, AMD Radeon R9 290 4GB, or equivalent DX11 compatible GPU
  • NET: Online Only (EA's Origin client only)

NOTE: Recommended system specs are for 1920x1080 screen resolution at High graphics setting and running at 60 frames per second. 1080p60

Recommended Steering Wheels for NFS 2016 Reboot

Logitech G27, Logitech G29, Logitech G920, Thrustmaster TX, Thrustmaster T150, Thrustmaster T300, Thrustmaster T500, Fanatec CSR

So NFS 2016 is going to need a fair amount of RAM, at 6GB for minimum system memory requirements, but by todays game standard that is certainly to be expected for a fast paced racer title. Scenery will be flying past at a rate of knots as we jump into a variety of top end street racing cars.

An i5 4690 processor may also put a little barrier to some of the older machines out there, when considering trying to reach top end performance. A GTX 750 ti is a solid GPU from a few years ago and a lot of people might still have one of these. This or the AMD Radeon HD 7850 will get you past the minimum graphics requirements, but I reckon the majority of serious gamers wanting to play a fast racing title like NFS will probably be sporting something closer to the recommended, a GTX 970 or R9 290.

Some people would argue that playing a title like Need For Speed is almost as much about how it looks, as it is about the physics and gameplay. We want to really enjoy the wonderful classic sports cars, and so getting a good PC for NFS is going to be highly recommended if it is your sort of game.

We will be bringing you plenty more comparison and performance benchmarks once the game is passed through to us, including a benchmark on the minimum graphics card. So pop back here around the time of Need For Speeds PC release on 17th March to check some of that coverage out.

Last week we heard the great news that Need For Speed Hits The PC Starting Grid Next Month With 4K Support And Uncapped FPS.

You can also take a look at how well your PC will run NFS 2016 over on our official Need For Speed system requirements page.

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09:28 Mar-01-2016

settings and fps?

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06:40 Feb-25-2016

Is it gonna be an online game or not? or both Sp and MP?

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07:13 Feb-25-2016

online-only as far as I know,
blending of multiplayer and singleplayer appears to be annoying as well :|

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05:43 Feb-26-2016

I think it might be like NFS rivals

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14:43 Feb-24-2016

Still many of us consider it NFS 'Underground 3'

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15:00 Feb-24-2016

I don't :P

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18:16 Feb-24-2016

I consider, but still have to play the game to make sure.

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16:40 Feb-25-2016

Yeah, it's a reboot for sure. But, I don't agree on the name just 'Need for Speed' anyway..

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17:32 Feb-25-2016

always rainy weather
most customization parts locked
online only
ridiculous AI
ridiculous handling
ridiculous vehicle physics
....what exactly is being rebooted lol?

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19:01 Feb-25-2016

NFS Underground 2 had:


-Always rainy weather (we need some reason to the roads keep wet)
-Most customization parts locked (at start)
-Unrealistic vehicle physics (but not bad)


And still is the best NFS. ;)

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21:32 Feb-22-2016

How many times are they going to reboot NFS?

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03:54 Feb-23-2016

however many times it takes to get a smash hit probably.

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18:25 Feb-23-2016

Reboots are good, sincerely. Need For Speed Most Wanted and Hot Pursuit are good examples. I don't know what to say about this one actually since is made by GHOST and not Criterion Games who made good reboots. But I think this Need for Speed is what we need. The old full customizable cars, Live-Action cut-scenes and night mode. I have faith in this one.

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15:36 Feb-24-2016

Most Wanted 2012 was ****. It was Burnout Paradise with licensed cars.
MW2005 is the best NFS(on par with Underground 2)

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16:02 Feb-24-2016

i agree with you about MW 2005 :)

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17:27 Feb-24-2016

oh I agree, in some instances (I adore the tomb raider reboot, for example). I think EA's just wiping their slates clean instead of, you know, trying to capture what made the older NFS's such classics. MW and HP were good, though they weren't smash hits I believe.

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17:39 Feb-20-2016

When the situation is same as Battlefront, can i run NFS then?
Even lowest possible?

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21:46 Feb-23-2016

at low to med settings. you have a mobile card so its not as good

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15:08 Feb-20-2016

God, I wish all system requirements from now on would give resolution, fps and settings, it's so necessary to know, I can't believe the first company I've seen do this is EA of all people!

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21:19 Feb-20-2016

lol I think if GTX 750 TI and an i3 run on 720P and 30 fps in low is poorly optimized even me i run assassin's creed syndicate on a better fps!

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00:36 Feb-21-2016

you cant compare 2 completely different games built on 2 completely different graphic engines. that is an unreasonable thing to even consider.

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02:43 Feb-21-2016

True but for those graphics seen in the game the requirements do seem a bit high

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23:01 Feb-22-2016

You are looking at the pretty picture and no seeing everything else going on. We haven't seen what the graphic options are so we have no idea what is actually going on. Those could probably a worse case scenario where at night, with rain and all the cars hitting each other, we are still humping along at 60fps. I doubt they mean 1080/60 with just one car on the screen. The more cars and things going on, the more GPU/CPU HP we need.

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13:32 Feb-20-2016

in need for speed less than 60 fps are not good.


I played need for speed undercover on 60hz and experience was so excellent


on 60hz you can enjoy the real speed of the car


30 fps makes game slow and car speed also looks slow

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14:06 Feb-20-2016

that in nfs rivals , that cap 30 fps if you get lower it will slow , but this nfs is good with 30 fps

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18:18 Feb-23-2016

First of all, NFS Rivals had a launch option for 60fps cap that made the game worse, when you were going in a city district the fps goes down drastically, maybe wasn't optimized in that zone but the 30fps frame cap made the game run in a constant line. Second, Need For Speed 2015 has a reason is launching just now on PC. EA delayed it in order to take off the frame cap and do some improvements.

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18:44 Feb-23-2016

With Cap 30FPS NFS Rivals Runing Very Fine.

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19:24 Feb-19-2016

why don't more companies include the resolution and fps? It seems rather crucial to know.

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18:45 Feb-19-2016

I hope these reqs are as fake as Battlefront, and I hope I can run it too. :)

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22:06 Feb-19-2016

You're right, it's same situation, same engine like Battlefront. You will run it on low/medium, depends on optimalization.

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23:38 Feb-19-2016

According to some youtube videos, my card run Battlefront on High 720p or Low 1080p.

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09:32 Feb-20-2016

Req are always fake in every game.

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11:06 Feb-20-2016

yes you are right


need for speed undercover needs core 2 quad 2.4ghz to run on max settings


but EA said that it needs Pentium D

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13:20 Feb-20-2016

^holy f**k thats a rather huge jump in perf needed. maybe they had the pentuim D ee cpu and just said whatever they can use pentium d?


Or maybe they just wanna watch the world burn.

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13:29 Feb-20-2016

yes you are right


on 4 fps my cpu usage was 55% on need for speed undercover


75 may be on 30 fps

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13:39 Feb-20-2016

well,your bottleneck lays with the gpu. not cpu

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15:43 Feb-20-2016

Yeah, even my old Celeron E3300 couldn't run the game, how the hell would a Pentium D run?

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15:50 Feb-20-2016

what about gta 4


they said gta 4 needs core 2 quad q6600 2.4ghz


I saw a video running gta 4 on max settings with 81% cpu usage on q6600


may we need a twice better cpu and gpu than requirements to run games properly

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03:09 Feb-21-2016

gta4 doesnt run good on any hardware.

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16:39 Feb-21-2016

GTA IV was absurdly poorly optimized X3 the NFS games don't have the best optimization record, so you might need the requirements listed or a bit better, only way to know will be after launch.

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18:20 Feb-24-2016

CPU usage depends on how many FPS it's running, the draw calls increases with FPS not with graphics settings. And the recommended processor in requirements is for running smooth at least in 60 FPS without get close to 100%.

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18:40 Feb-19-2016

:(

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18:10 Feb-19-2016

Any one getting flashbacks from The Crew?

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16:17 Feb-19-2016

mmm I meet minimum, but it being a multiplayer only game is a big turn-off. the last game I thoroughly enjoyed was The Run. it was short but incredible. (would've done better if there was on-foot segments though.)

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16:12 Feb-19-2016

Don't know what this will be but NFS-Most Wanted was the best!who is with me!

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16:14 Feb-19-2016

if talking reboots, I liked Hot Pursuit better, I own both HP and MW, MW had a ton of repetitiveness, with a bunch of races being identical. in Hot Pursuit, all of the races were different, and you didn't have to grind out parts to upgrade your car. MW did some amazing things though, with the hotswapping of parts and finding cars in the game world.

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18:53 Feb-19-2016

MW 2005 was great. 2012 is , free .

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21:04 Feb-19-2016

Well I liked underground more! carbon too! hotpursuit and most wanted is good too! but Rivals was the worst , and now they ruin NFS 2015 , SHAME!

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03:53 Feb-20-2016

Totally with u NFS MW 2005 Was THE BEST EVER IN NFS ! I think it would be brilliant if they remade that exact game in a new engine.

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15:26 Feb-19-2016

it's a shame that all the new games more or less look the same, yet they lie to us that we need the most expensive cards for running them on high (not even ultra) - marketing with brainwashing at its finest (dirtiest)

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15:29 Feb-19-2016

no wonder when EA has one game engine to work with :D

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16:18 Feb-19-2016

I've benchmarked Battlefront EA with my 660 at 1080p and got 29-33 FPS with rare dips to 27. Keep in mind this was in the open BETA, now the game is more optimized and gets better results. I'm sure that 970 requirement is for 1440p-4K resolution. I think you'll be fine. :)

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16:28 Feb-19-2016

if 1440p is the standard then yes, 970 is about accurate

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14:09 Feb-19-2016

Hope they support SLI

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15:06 Feb-19-2016

and if not, you can play twice xD

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03:51 Feb-20-2016

I do think they will add some SLI support :)

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13:45 Feb-19-2016

Except the moment 5 people (cars) show requirements skyrocket.

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12:22 Feb-19-2016

Finally they tell which res, fps and graphics setting is used for the official requirements! :D Keep up the good work

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13:42 Feb-19-2016

Ya man so glad after all those fake sys req. In the previous 6 months for AAA games. This is a good way and the right way to show requirements.
Though they should have given details of resolution and fps at minimum also.

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01:48 Feb-20-2016

sounds good for me.

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11:17 Feb-19-2016

wait, are you telling me that a 750ti which is approximately the same power as consoles is only capable of Low 30fps at minimum!? I hope it is the same case like battlefront because this is major disappointment from Ghost games.

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12:03 Feb-19-2016

it depends how much difference there will be between low and high settings,
I'd bet it'll be only higher-resolution textures, unlocked framerate and maybe more post-processing effects, nothing else

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14:10 Feb-19-2016

if you ask me, these minimum requirements seem quite inflated..
My HD 7850 can still play a lot of the recent games at med (and the less demanding high) on 60fps 1080p.
30fps on low with 720p? Hell no

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14:21 Feb-19-2016

yeah my 750ti still plays great. I play Ac Syndicate at my resolution on med-high and got above 40 fps and even reach 60.

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19:23 Feb-19-2016

I'm still running the MSI Twin Frozer III 7850's in xfire.. I can still play games at high-ultra and get great fps. Personally I think the 7850's (at least the good ones) have been under appreciated! Right now I'm running Rise of the Tomb Raider on high/ultra with pure hair enabled at 1080p and I'm getting 45-55fps..

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11:04 Feb-19-2016

Ghost Games and EA bul online only Ghost Games and EA :(

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10:20 Feb-19-2016

is this simple like need for speed rivals or it has story like need for speed carbon,undercover and the run

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10:32 Feb-19-2016

it's online only

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shame it is online only -_-

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10:43 Feb-19-2016

It has some story, not much.

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well it is so short that we can't call it a story it's just a 1st race , damn EA and Ghost Games , the Idea was good but who is the stupid who made the game only online? -___-

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16:53 Feb-19-2016

yes I think no body want to play games online like need for speed


after playing need for speed undercover I liked it too much


it had excellent story


so I will not play any need for speed that has no story even need for speed rivals OR need for speed 2016

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Even this game is made to be like previous nfs like Underground and Most wanted 2005 , but it shouldn't be online , -_- just a very stupid idea!

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Can They Run... |

| 30FPS, Medium, 1080p
Core i5-9300H 4-Core 2.4GHz GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB
Core i3-2100 3.1GHz Radeon HD 6570 4GB
| 30FPS, Medium, 1080p
Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core 3.6GHz GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 6G Edition 16GB
| 30FPS, Medium, 1080p
Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core 3.6GHz GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 6G Edition 16GB
Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz GeForce RTX 2060 MSI Ventus XS OC 6GB 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Low, 1080p
Core i7-2600 4-Core 3.40GHz Radeon R9 280X MSI Gaming 3GB Edition 8GB
100% Yes [2 votes]
Ryzen 5 5600X 6-Core 3.7GHz GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Gainward Ghost 8GB 16GB
100% Yes [2 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Ryzen 7 3750H 4-Core 2.3 GHz GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Ryzen 5 5600H 6-Core 3.3GHz GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Mobile 16GB
0% No [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
FX-6300 Radeon RX 550X 4GB 16GB
| Medium, 1080p
FX-6300 Radeon RX 550X 4GB 16GB
0% No [2 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
FX-6300 Radeon RX 550X 4GB 16GB
| 60FPS, High, 720p
Core i3-4170 3.7GHz GeForce GTX 750 EVGA 2GB Edition 8GB
100% Yes [2 votes]
| 30FPS, Medium, 1080p
Core i5-10400T 6-Core 2.00GHz GeForce GTX 1650 8GB
75% Yes [4 votes]
| 60FPS,
Ryzen 3 2300X 4-Core 3.5GHz Radeon RX 6500 XT 4GB 16GB
0% No [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Ryzen 5 5600X 6-Core 3.7GHz GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB 16GB
50% Yes [2 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Ryzen 5 5600X 6-Core 3.7GHz GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Low, 720p
Core i3-4170 3.7GHz GeForce GTX 750 EVGA 2GB Edition 8GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Core i7-10700K 8-Core 3.8GHz GeForce RTX 3070 Colorful iGame Advanced OC 8GB 16GB
Core i7-10700K 8-Core 3.8GHz GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Gigabyte Eagle OC 8GB 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]